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Primary School Program

On Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September, primary school students will meet four of Australia’s most exciting authors. Discover our teachers’ resources to inspire students’ learning on the day.

The MWF Primary School program is currently SOLD OUT.

For more information or to join the waitlist, please email ticketing@mwf.com.au

 

Katrina Nannestad: Catching Stories

Event One | 10–10.45am

Close-up colour photograph of Katrina Nannestad. Katrina is smiling, facing forward and wearing black spectacles and a black top. The background is a blurred garden.

Great characters with an interesting setting and beautiful writing all work together to create a wonderful story.

As hard as it is to believe, prize-winning author Katrina Nannestad used to think reading and writing were drop-dead boring. She preferred to climb trees and watch tellie as a kid, until someone showed her the right books and the exciting world of storytelling burst into life.

In a special event with dress-ups, audience participation and plenty of laughs, the author of The Travelling Bookshop series and We Are Wolves shares her passion for writing, the key to creativity and why daydreaming is your secret superpower.

Kirli Saunders: Caring for Country

Event Two | 10.45–11.30am

Close-up colour photograph of Kirli Saunders. Kirli is smiling, facing forward and wearing black drop earrings. The background is a blurred plant.

Everybody is a poet. What your poetry looks like or sounds like is the perfect kind of poetry for you to be writing.

Kirli Saunders believes that you’re never too young to celebrate and care for our land. A proud Gunai woman and prize-winning author, she shares how her time planting trees, protecting black cockatoos and living through a bushfire season inspired her verse novel Bindi.

Join Saunders as she talks about the uplifting tale of a brave young girl on Gundungurra Country, how she weaves First Nations language into her stories and the art of penning poems you can ‘feel in your belly’.

Gabrielle Wang: The Magic of Storytelling

Event Three | 12.30–1.15pm

Close-up colour photograph of Gabrielle Wang. Gabrielle is smiling, facing forward and has short black hair and a fringe. The image is taken inside State Library Victoria.

Observe things around you. Observe the familiar as if you’re seeing it for the first time.

Recently crowned Australian Children’s Laureate for 2022 and 2023, Gabrielle Wang makes a special appearance to talk about the magic of storytelling and her newest novel, Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon.

The prize-winning author and illustrator shares the inspiration behind her heart-warming tale of courage and friendship set in 1950s Melbourne, the creative process of making a book, and how writing can help us navigate the ups and downs of life.

Eddie Woo: Solving Life's Big Equations

Event Four | 1.15–2pm

Colour photograph of Eddie Woo. Eddie is smiling, facing forward and wearing reading glasses and a blue shirt. He is seated at a desk with a computer in the background.

There is a mathematical reality woven into the fabric of the universe that you share with winding rivers, towering trees and raging storms.

What lies beyond the stars? Beneath the oceans? Inside our minds? YouTube sensation Eddie Woo believes the answers to all these questions and more are contained within one simple word: maths.

Famous for making numbers fun, the schoolteacher extraordinaire and Who Dunnit, Eddie Woo? series author takes to the stage to reveal how mathematics holds the key to unlocking a universe of secrets hidden in plain sight—from what makes us who we are to the mysteries of the cosmos.